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“Entertaining from beginning to end”

Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Au XIeme siecle, une premiere motte feodale avec une tour en bois existait sur ce site. Reconstruit, mais en pierre, par Guillaume de Lusignan et Denise d'Angle vers 1180, ce chateau constitue un exemple remarquable d'architecture militaire medievale. Situe sur la rive est du golfe de Saintonge, face a Brouage, il contribuait a la defense des 6 000 hectares de marais salants qui assuraient des revenus considerables. Jusqu'en 1750, il restera dans la famille des Lusignan puis St Gelais de Lusignan, personnages emblematiques et hauts en couleur, proteges par la fee Melusine. Ensuite il tombera dans l'oubli.En 1994, lorsqu'il est classe monument historique, ce n'est plus qu'une ruine envahie par le lierre, les arbres et les ronces. Les remparts sont fissures de toutes parts, le logis renaissance n'a ni toit, ni plancher, ni portes, ni fenetres.Rachete fin 1994, le chateau est completement restaure par son proprietaire actuel Alain ROUSSELOT, qui, a ce titre, sera gratifie en 2002 du Grand Prix des Vieilles Maisons Francaises et du prix Europa Nostra remis a Bruxelles au palais d'Egmond. Ces prix recompensent l'importance des travaux realises et la qualite parfaite de la restauration a l'identique.
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

A great morning or afternoon out in the open air. Brilliant castle, well renovated. Extremely educational and yet not boring!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 2, 2018

A gem of a chateaux set up to give you a real idea of Castle life - drive warfare, crime & punishment, daily life, costume ... Dress up if you want, play the games & enjoy the cafe. Run by welcoming, friendly hosts who clearly care. Pretty little castle kittens, goats, poultry. Lots to do and freedom to choose how and in what order.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 8, 2017

Every bit as good as the pictures make it out to be. A stunning little castle surrounded by masses of little bits and bobs to try out, from games, to climbing frames, some animals, catapults, walled garden etc. All of it enough to keep little children exploring for hours. The castle may be small but it's worth the long trip to go and see. Maybe take your own food though, the cafe serves a nice croque madam, but very little else.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 4, 2017 via mobile

Just spent the dat there with my wife daughter and granddaughter. It was suburb. As someone's who's French is not up to scratch, it was easy to follow the guide posters and quiz which led us round the fort. The place was very educational without being formal and stuffy. My granddaughter loved dressing up as did I. "Well you don't mind looking a fool on holiday". The staff were helpful and friendly. Snacks were available but we took a picnic which we ate at the tables within the castle grounds. Once again a great days family entertainment.

Date of experience: August 2017
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André R, Propriétaire at Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2017

Thank you !!!!
very kind of you

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Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

Story book restored castle with small keep surrounded by a water filled moat. Lots to see and do with reproduction armour and weapons worn and wielded by staff . Excellent tableaux inside the living areas of the keep plus you could see the staff's penchant for Nutella in their restroom!

Stunning views from the towers and the highlight was the launching of the working trebuchet.

Really worth a visit even though the drains were a bit smelly!

Date of experience: July 2017
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